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Windows 11: Microsoft is testing a new energy saving mode for laptops and desktop PCs

The latest insider build of Windows 11 introduces a new power saving mode. More advanced than the already existing system, this proposes to reduce the electricity consumption of all machines connected to the sector.

Microsoft wants to help you save electricity. In the latest Insider build of Windows 11, stamped 26002, the Redmond firm introduced a new energy saving function, which complements the one already existing in the operating system. With this new energy saving mode, Microsoft is aimed at all users, and no longer just at owners of portable machines.

Reduce the power consumption of mains-powered PCs

The new power saving mode being tested in Windows 11 is now much more effective. It not only improves battery life on portable machines, but also, and above all, reduces the energy consumption of PCs connected to the mains.

Although it is optimized to extend battery life, power saving will be available when PCs are plugged in (including desktop PCs) for those who aim to save power all the time » explains Microsoft in its blog post.

It is therefore finally possible to limit energy consumption on desktop PCs. Obviously, achieving these energy savings does not come without compensation. Windows 11 must indeed make some sacrifices, in particular by restricting certain performance of the machine.


This new setting is accessible by going to Windows Settings, within the System menu in which the menu dedicated to Power is located. You will then only have to activate the Always use energy saver option to reduce the power consumption of your PC. Note that it will also be possible to activate it from the quick settings pane in the Windows taskbar. The current energy saving mode still remains in place.

Windows 11 Energy Saver Quick Setting

For several months, Microsoft has increased initiatives to make Windows 11 a less energy-consuming operating system. Last April, the Redmond company, for example, deployed brightness control based on content. Thanks to this system which already existed in the past, but which has been extended to all machines connected to the sector, including desktop PCs, the brightness of the screen is self-regulated. Windows 11 automatically optimizes the contrast and brightness of the screen depending on the content displayed on it.

Last year, Microsoft had also made numerous efforts with other new features aimed at reducing the energy consumption of Windows 11. It had thus launched an efficiency mode to limit access to PC resources for processes that are too demanding, a function also inaugurated in its Edge browser to put inactive tabs to sleep.

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